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Kansas Author Talk: Gretchen Eick on "Dissent in Wichita"
Join Newton Public Library for an online author talk and interactive Q&A with Gretchen Eick. Eick will discuss her 2007 book, "Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-72."

About the Book:
On a hot summer evening in 1958, a group of African American students in Wichita, Kansas, quietly entered Dockum's Drug Store and sat down at the whites-only lunch counter. This was the beginning of the first sustained, successful student sit-in of the modern civil rights movement, instigated in violation of the national NAACP's instructions. Based on interviews with over eighty participants and observers of this sit-in, Dissent in Wichita traces the contours of race relations and black activism in an unexpected locus of the civil rights movement, revealing that the movement was a national, not a Southern, phenomenon.

About the Author:
Dr. Gretchen Cassel Eick, a professor emerita of history at Friends University has received two Fulbright fellowships and was for ten years a professional lobbyist in Washington, D.C.
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